Hallow e'en was a couple of days ago. The kids were really excited about about costumes and Trick-or-Treating, as usual.
Here are their costumes:
We took the kids to a Haunted Forest attraction this year and it was fun watching the kids scamper through the decorated woods full of costumed characters during the "No Scare" hour. Matthew attracted the attention of a couple of characters by yelling at the top of his lungs at them how he was not afraid of them. Of course that meant they followed us for a while, teasing Matthew. Poor buddy didn't sleep very well that night.
We don't get very many Trick or Treaters anymore and I have always wondered why. I do know there is a church in town that hosts a "Harvest Party" but didn't think would ever attract enough numbers to cause a neighbourhood decline in Trick or Treating. I think I have the answer now. Our mall lets kids trick or treat on Hallow e'en night. I got a text from my co-worker, who was doing the Thursday evening shift. She had over 300 little ones go through the store to get treat bags. The weather wasn't even bad! It was a lovely night to go for a walk, but people seem to be choosing the mall instead. It makes me a little sad. I love seeing the little ones at my door in their costumes. Heck, even the Teenagers at my door were really nice this year. Are people more afraid of the cold or strangers??
I am old-fashioned (and lazy). I would rather my kids walk outside, in the fresh air and say hi to the neighbours than drive across town to the mall to say hi to strangers in stores. (Also, that is my workplace now....why would I want to go there on my day off??)